26 August 2010,

Hull LIFTCo - New pharmacy unit given the go-ahead in Bilton Grange

Development work on a new pharmacy unit and health facility in Bilton Grange could start as soon as next month, after being approved by Hull City Council's planning committee this week.

The scheme is being driven forward by Citycare, the public private partnership which is delivering the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme in Hull, and comes on the back of the £4.5m Bilton Grange Health Centre opening in Diadem Grove, east Hull, last November.

Now, local residents will be able to watch a 325 square metre building rise up from the ground directly opposite the new health centre. Citycare are in discussion with a nationally renowned pharmacy operator for the pharmacy unit, which will ensure patients can walk straight out of the GP surgery with their prescription to collect it just a few metres away.

In addition, Citycare is including another unit within the new build, which will provide potential complementary health or office space.

Jo Barnes, chief executive of Citycare, said: "We are really thrilled that our plans have been approved for a new pharmacy unit along with space for other services, which will complement the main Bilton Grange Health Centre.

"The development is expected to be open to members of the public by March 2011, meaning members of the local community will have access to an even wider range of health services and other complementary facilities on their doorstep."

Ward councillor John Hewitt was delighted to hear of the council's decision. He said: "This is really positive news for the people of Bilton Grange and I am also pleased to see it will ensure the protection of local jobs. It's another exciting development on a prime site and I hope that eventually another much needed service will also take space within the unit there."

Citycare also received planning permission to develop a state-of-the-art new health and community centre in Bransholme earlier this week. In addition, the developer recently completed its ninth development - The Orchard Centre, a £14m facility providing health, council and community services under one roof - and work on the new Wilberforce Health Centre, on Story Street, Hull city centre, started in December 2009.

For further information please contact Citycare LIFTCo